Jerry Barlow, a Celtic finger-style guitarist and a world-class storyteller, is no stranger to Valier. “Jerry came through here several years ago and folks enjoyed his music and entertainment,” said local Librarian Cathy Brandvold. “He is on tour in Montana again and we have invited him back to perform during Homesteader Days,” added Brandvold.
Area residents and those in town for the annual Homesteader Days celebration next weekend are invited to come out and enjoy Barlow’s performance on Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Valier Public Library. Brandvold said the library is thrilled to once again sponsor Barlow’s performance. “It will be an evening of free entertainment and refreshments,” she invited.
Barlow’s repertoire is composed of a synthesis of traditional music from the British Isles and his own original Celtic-inspired compositions.
“Jerry Barlow is magical to listen to,” assured Brandvold. “During his previous visit, folks were saying they could not believe an hour had passed so quickly!!”
According to his website, Barlow’s music transports listeners across time and space on an imaginary journey to a rustic Irish fishing village or the misty Scottish Highlands or an enchanted English forest.
His live performances, brings the songs he sings alive as he shares the history, legend and humor behind the music. His expressive arrangements have been described as “music to soothe the soul, warm the heart, and lift the spirit.”
Music from Barlow’s first CD, Keepsake, is played on National Public Radio stations throughout the country and was used in a PBS documentary, “Songs of our Children.”
The title track from Barlow’s second CD, Bring Down the Storm, won a prestigious Indie Project Award for “Best Songs of 2006.” Other tracks from that recording have been used in a Landlocked Films and University of Colorado production, “Learn More About Climate.”
Barlow’s CD, Fields and Fences, was released in October 2011 to excellent reviews. The album was one of five nominees for Instrumental Album of the Year (2011) by the Independent Music Association.
Brandvold invites area residents and visitors to “join us for an evening of enchantment” listening to Jerry Barlow on Friday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the Valier Public Library.